I have not been a fan of Michael Jackson's since high school. Thriller was my one and old album of his. It just wasn't really my style of music most of the time. But still, I was glued to the TV, Twitter and Facebook to find out any information about what happened! As anyone who followed my Twitter stream is aware I was Tweeting out the info just like everyone else. In fact, I and others like me, almost took out Twitter all together! It was Fail Whales galore for a while there...
So, I have been thinking about why we are so obsessed with deaths like Michael Jacksons. I have come to the conclusion it's because it is a stark reminder of our own mortality. In most ways, Michael was larger then life. He lived a life that most of us can't even imagine, both the highs and the lows. But I am pretty sure, no one ever really thought he could die. Maybe he didn't even think of it, though for those children's sake I sure hope he did, and prepared for it! If he could die, then gosh, I guess I could die too! What a scary thing to think of. So we watch CNN all morning to wait for confirmation of Michael death, and we talk about it on Twitter, and all our message boards. We are fascinated, like a train wreck and we can't look away.
Worse yet, his death has given people the opportunity to say all sorts of awful evil things about him, though they may be true, don't need to be said in the comments of every news story, blog post and Twitter stream :( And that's another thing we do, though it is often said "Don't speak ill of the dead" we do. Like people feel safe to say bad things about people who are unlucky enough to have their death make the news. A good friend of my brother's passed away last year, and he was front page news for a while. The horrible things people said in comments just made me cry for his family. WTF is that about? They are dead, and your words aren't going to hurt them, but sure as heck can hurt those they left behind.
Wow, that was a long and rambling post, saying a whole lot of nothing. But I felt like I needed to say something.